Police: Arkansas meteorologist found asleep in tub next to dead man
KARK meteorologist Brett Cummins was allegedly found asleep in a hot tub next to a dead man.
September 7th, 2011
10:12 PM ET

Police: Arkansas meteorologist found asleep in tub next to dead man

Police are investigating the death of an Arkansas man whose naked body was allegedly found next to a sleeping TV weatherman in a hot tub after a night of drinking and drugs.

The owner of the home awoke Monday morning to find the body of 24-year-old Dexter Williams at the bottom of an empty tub, his face blue and purple and a chain resembling a dog collar around his neck, according to a Maumelle Police report.

Asleep next to him was KARK meteorologist Brett Cummins, 33, who had arrived at Christopher Barbour's home outside Little Rock accompanied by Williams around 8 p.m. on Sunday, Barbour told police.

The three drank and snorted drugs, though Barbour told police he did not know what kind, Officer Gregory Roussie said in a report. The three continued drinking in the hot tub until Barbour retired for the night around 11 p.m., falling asleep on his couch.

Barbour awoke to the sound of Cummins snoring and discovered the two in the hot tub, which had been drained of water, he told police. After he awoke Cummins, the two realized that Williams' face was discolored and his skin cold to the touch, prompting Cummins to scream and run to the living room, where he vomited, Barbour said.

Maumelle Police and fire rescue arrived at the home around 8:10 a.m. and found Williams' body in the tub with blood pooling around his head, Sergeant David Collins said in a report. In the master bedroom he found a pill bottle next to a pair of khaki cargo shorts on a storage ottoman at the foot of the bed.

No arrests had been made as of Wednesday, Lieutenant Jim Hansard said.

KARK reported the incident on its website Tuesday, acknowledging that Cummins was at Barbour’s house.

"Our Meteorologist Brett Cummins was at the home at the time of the death and we felt we should share this with our viewers," the report said. "Brett will not be on the air as he is mourning the loss of his friend. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Dexter Williams."

Cummins has not responded to calls or written requests for comment, and police said they are not releasing preliminary autopsy results for Williams.

soundoff (831 Responses)
  1. Tommy D.

    Remember this is Arkansas, home of the West Memphis 3. Don't be shocked if the cops arrest the neighbor living two doors down.

    September 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • FINALLY!

      HAHAHHAHAHAHAHA! If you are in a trench coat or black right now, better go change!

      September 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Unknown

    Sometimes the stories you hear from the South makes it sound like it's a different planet.

    September 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Judy

    It was a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom, not a hot tub as in outside...

    September 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Laura

    When I read such articles there is the only thought in my head "We are slowly moving to hell..." (and I was raised by atheists...

    September 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • BretLA

      Yawn.... Pretty slow pace on that trek to hell, indeed. I mean, if humankind was knocking each other over the heads thousands of years ago, then I don't think we have much to worry about if an accident in a bathtub is the barometer of speed on the highway to hell...

      September 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • JAC

      apperently it was hell for the guy at the bottom of the hot tub

      September 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HA!

    Maybe this has already been mentioned, but does anyone else fine the meteorologist's last name funny in regards to this case? Sorry, could not help myself.

    September 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cpc65

    "Today's forecast calls for an 90 % of "snow" followed by a 100 % chance of creepy!"

    September 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bible

    Just say not to gay!

    September 8, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NikkiBlaze

    Too many holes in the story. Something really freaky went on!

    September 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WOW

    Was Anderson Cooper there or maybe LZ Granderson. They were probably dressed in drag! Coke and gay boys! Sounds like a party! Leather and fisting! Take it boy! Put your bottom in the sir so I can fill it with love juice! Woo Hoo! I am feeling like a rainbow honey! You better work girl!

    September 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. UR STUPID!

    Ahhhh yes! I remeber having parties like this...... but there were more women...... and more drugs. Oh.....and Anderson Cooper was there too.

    September 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BretLA

    This is national news? Funny how salacious news of any sort brings the real freaks out in droves on these message boards. Those glass houses must be pretty sturdy for you to hide behind your anonymous and patently offensive comments.

    September 8, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • UR STUPID!

      HEY! I posted honestly. LOL!

      September 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • UR STUPID!

      Okay..... I lied about the Anderson Cooper part.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobby

    He's one sick puppy.

    September 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SBTGOG

    Stories from the North are even more disturbing (e.g., Jeffery Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Jim Jones...). The list is endless.

    September 8, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ddy

      Gacy was from Texas and Jones from California. Dahmer lived in Wisconsin which true northerners consider middle America.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      UM... ddy... it's not Middle America....sounds like you are talking about friggin' middle earth, and yes, I just referenced LotR. Us Northerners, (I am from NH), would consider it more like Mid West or upper mid west, possibly North Central US...

      September 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    as a matter of fact the guy in the tub maynot have taken drugs. he could have had viagara and use of amil nitrate poppers. this will stop your heart many gay guys are famous in using poppers while engaged in****** figure it out. if he had a faulty heart it doesnt take much to stop it. poor guy. buy he died very happy......

    September 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Apocatequil

    He liked his cold front.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
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